Life of astronaut Sally Ride honored in Kennedy Center tribute

American astronaut Sally Ride monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the flight deck in 1983. Photo by Apic/Getty Images, via PBS NewsHour.

Tonight, PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien will serve as master of ceremonies in a Kennedy Center gala honoring the life and legacy of astronaut Sally Ride. The tribute will highlight her impact on the space program and her lifelong commitment to promoting youth science literacy.

Her Sally Ride Science organization reached out to girls, encouraging them to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, where a gender gap persists.

At the PBS NewsHour website, read the column Miles wrote immediately following Ride's death in July 2012, 17 months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


  1. She’s the reason I mentally move that comma one word back whenever I hear the chorus to that Wilson Pickett song.

    All you wanna do is ride around Sally
    (Ride, Sally Ride)

    Does anyone know if she ever owned a 1965 Mustang?

  2. Wait, theres a real person named Miles O’Brien who reports on space and technology for PBS…

    At least tell me he prefers yellow shirts, and responds to “Chief!”.

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    1. The Soviet Union also had women serving in active combat duty roles on the front lines during WWII, something the U.S. is still catching up with.

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